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Getting hurt is not fun, but watching others get hurt is hilarious. The best physical comedians know this golden rule and regularly give the illusion of maiming themselves and others to achieve a humorous result. Co-taught with the fantastically funny and tremendously talented Tracy Sunderland, this class will move from the basics of creating the illusion of self inflicted injuries to more advanced scenarios of hurting others for audience entertainment and actor safety.

DATE: December 8 OR December 22, 2013


LOCATION: Boise Contemporary Theater

                   854 Fulton St.

                   Boise, ID 83702



How To Hurt Yourself: 10am-12pm         (Beginning students)

How To Hurt Your Friend: 12pm-2pm     (Intermediate students)

How To Hurt The Group: 2pm-4pm         (Advanced students)


COST: $20.00 per class, or $50.00 for all three

TRACY SUNDERLAND is a professional actor, director, writer, and teacher working in both theatre and film. Since 1996, she’s worked with Boise Contemporary Theater and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival; taught acting and commedia dell’arte at Boise State University and College of Idaho. Tracy has studied and worked with incredible clowning masters over the years, including: Antonio Fava, Chris Bayes, Bob Berky, Steve Smith. She also has extensive movement training, including Viewpoints and Suzuki, and Laban. As a teacher, Tracy specializes in movement and improvisation for actors; in using the centuries-old traditions of commedia dell’arte to devise original comedic works. Tracy is also the founder and Artistic Director of Joseph Kepler Wallace, an artists’ assembly, and holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA in Filmmaking from The London Film School.


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Please read the following carefully.


By agreeing to these terms and conditions, I acknowledge that I am registering for attendance, participation and instruction in unarmed stage violence and hereby agree to hold harmless and indemnify Michael Mueller and Tracy Sunderland against any claims for damages, injuries or losses of any kind suffered by me or any others directly or indirectly arising out of any practice, instruction, or other activity related to this course.


Clarity of Intention

I understand that this course reflects a study of stage violence for the purposes of artistic endeavors, recreation and cultural heritage, and that the instructors in no way advocate that I should seek confrontations, directly or indirectly, or view this training for self defense purposes. I further understand that the instructors are teaching modified martial techniques and in no way advocates physical violence towards another person. I hereby waive Michael Mueller and Tracy Sunderland of any liability for my actions; including, but not limited to: injury to myself or others and/or any property damage(s) resulting from any attempts by me to perform any of the techniques discussed, demonstrated or taught during this class.


Subject Matter Recognition

I recognize that the nature of the activities involved in the study of stage violence may require close and intimate physical contact with other participants and/or the instructors, and that this contact is necessary and inherent in the educational context of the subject matter. I understand that the scenarios and topics to be discussed are mature and sensitive issues. I acknowledge and understand that it is my right to decline participation in any event with which I feel uncomfortable or unsafe, that it is my right to vocalize my feelings concerning the training, and that at any time I may choose to immediately cease activity or involvement. 


Risk of Injury 

I understand that the instructors will be teaching classes in the safest possible atmosphere; however, as with any athletic activity, I am also aware that participation in a class of this subject can be dangerous, involving the risk of injury. I acknowledge that the risk and type(s) of injuries vary depending on the activities in which I choose to participate. Consequently, I agree:

         To accept any and all risks involved with the activities in which I choose to participate.

         To obey the instructors in order to minimize the risk of injury to myself and others.

         To authorize Michael Mueller and Tracy Sunderland to admit me for medical treatment in an emergency.

         That failure on my part to abide by the rules of the instructors will jeopardize my eligibility to participate in the event, and that the instructors reserve the right to               remove me without reimbursement at their discretion if they feel that I am acting in an unsafe, or abusive manner.


I further acknowledge that some of the exercises and training methods taught will require me to submit to various types of physical restraint and exercise which may, in the course of demonstration and/or application, cause me pain or injury. I am aware that I may choose to not participate or stop my participation in any activity at anytime. I also recognize that many of the exercises and training methods taught will require me to be in good physical condition and that I believe myself to be physically able to participate fully in this activity. Further, I hold Michael Mueller and Tracy Sunderland harmless for any injury sustained in the course of this training due to any physical limitations either known or unknown. 


Video/Photography Permission

I consent to be photographed and/or video recorded during the course of this class, and that any pictures taken, video or other recording, of me in connection with this class can be used for publicity or promotion. I therefore waive any/all rights for compensation with regard to the images/recordings referenced above. 



I understand and accept that the class fee is $20.00 per class, or $50.00 for three classes. Refunds are at the instructors' discretion.


Statement of Comprehension

I have understood all that is expressed above and certify that I am of sound judgment and legally competent to agree to this waiver. Additionally, I certify that I am eighteen years of age or older, a legally emancipated adult, or hold the consent of the legal guardian (as demonstrated by their signature). In consideration for this training, this release shall not expire and shall be considered effective in perpetuity. 

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